[mythtv-users] So: how *could* CBS solve the sports delay problem?

Andre mythtv-list at dinkum.org.uk
Tue Nov 1 16:46:17 UTC 2011

On 1 Nov 2011, at 16:39, Robert Johnston wrote:

> On 31/10/2011 11:48 AM, jedi wrote:
>> On Mon, Oct 31, 2011 at 01:35:26PM +1100, Christopher Kerr wrote:
>>> On Mon, Oct 31, 2011 at 1:12 PM, Jay Ashworth<jra at baylink.com>  wrote:
>>>> ----- Original Message -----
>>>>> From: "Brian J. Murrell"<brian at interlinx.bc.ca>
>>>>> There is no solution other than for CBS to stop being anti-social and
>>>>> sticking with the schedule it has set. This becomes yet one more reason
>>>>> for people to turn to "alternative" and/or "grey-market" avenues for
>>>>> obtaining the shows they want to see rather than putting up with this
>>>>> none-sense.
>>>> So, humor us here, Brian: how *could* CBS do this?  What do you suggest that
>>>> they do to make it possible for things after football not to shift in time?
>>>> Be specific and detailed; show your work.
>>> First things to mind:
>>> 1) Schedule 30 minutes of filler (rerun some comedy or other, I don't
>>> care) after sporting events. Don't show it in scheduling data as a
>>> real program to prevent people trying to specifically record it,
>>> because it's whole purpose is to get overrun into
>>     This isn't just a football problem. Networks seem pathalogically
>> incapable of scheduling enough time for baseball games. I pad them
>> with at least an extra hour and sometimes even that doesn't manage
>> to cover the whole thing. Their schedules should be correct more often
>> than they are wrong considering that they have all the information and
>> have been doing this for a long time.
>>> 2) More sensibly, if more annoyingly, do what Australian broadcasters
>>> do and schedule 30+ minutes of handshaking, backpatting, speeches,
>>> replays and speculation about next week. And ruthlessly cut if off
>>> when it reaches the end of its slot.
>>> 3) Follow the lead of the Australian broadcaster who introduced a
>>> channel which is basically all sport, and don't schedule major events
>>> back to back, so if something runs overtime all it cuts into is a
>>> rerun of last week's boxing.
>>> I, for one, am all in favour of option 3. Don't mix sports programming
>>> with regular programming, it's just annoying.
> I know the BBC runs national news reports (live) following sports 
> events, along with post-game analysis, and has variable-length "coming 

And frequently moves extra long running events to another channel like BBC 2, this sometimes happens with F1 and Wimbledon Tennis.

Usually Myth picks up the updated EIT and records on the moved channel as well, (with record at any time on any channel) I believe that the BBC update the EIT for the in progress show but Myth doesn't follow that, or at least it doesn't extend it's in progress recording, well it didn't the last time this happened and I was recording, F1 Nurburgring I think.


> soon" trailers. They use long trailers and analysis/highlights to pad 
> events that run short, and drop the trailers and shorten/drop the news 
> and analysis, and even speed up/drop show credits if events run long and 
> schedule is behind. Essentially, "throw-away" programming directly 
> following the game to get schedules back on track.
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